They filed past and paid their respects at Franklin's open casket, where they saw her wearing a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - her fourth and final outfit of the week. This is all about Aretha Franklin.
Thus far, however, there is no indication of discord among Franklin's family. He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone. The secret of her greatness was she took her massive talent, and this flawless life that raised her, and she became the composer of her own song.
"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years because you are about to meet a lot of people who will now want to be your new best friend. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds".
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park".
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He noted Franklin's commitment to her beliefs, even after great commercial success, suggesting the riches and fame that followed hits like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" could have pulled her away. She worked for me on numerous occasions.
Her coffin is to be entombed in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery near the remains of her father; her brother, Cecil Franklin; and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma Franklin.
"She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century", Clinton said, describing himself as a Franklin "groupie" long before he became president. Here are some of the speeches from the funeral Aretha Franklins family members.
"I'd like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic", Knight began her statement (via Entertainment Tonight).
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All kinds of musicians were at the Greater Grace Temple to pay tribute to a legend and the raw power of her music. I'll miss you, my buddy. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful. It just didn't seem to be something she got around to".
Two other former presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, did not attend the ceremony but their tributes were read out to mourners. I know that my love for you will never end.
ARETHA FRANKLIN ORCHESTRA: (Singing) Walk in the light.
Former President Bill Clinton was also on hand and sat in the front row with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The Rev. Jesse Jackson recalled Franklin raising money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and urged attendees to honor her memory by registering to vote. "He sang, "... for the rest of my life, gonna be thinking about you.
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